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Improvements are on the way for a popular Olmsted Park, in the city of Buffalo. The project is part of the state's recently announced $50 million investment throughout the East Side. With more here's WBFO's Chris Caya.

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Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are on the rise in New York State.  The New York State Department of Health has said there are approximately 9,000 cases of Lyme disease and other related illnesses reported annually.

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Erie County would take leadership in providing high-speed internet to under-served areas under a plan County Executive Mark Poloncarz will unveil in his State of the County address this week.

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Plastic bags at your local grocery store could be a thing of the past. New York State public officials are proposing a ban on plastic bags and a fee on paper bags in retail stores for inclusion in the upcoming New York State Budget.

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A pair of Buffalo Police patrol cars were involved in accidents today.

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Veterans and their advocates were celebrating the completion of updated, handicap-accessible restrooms at an American Legion post in Sloan Friday morning. But they looked back on a recent tragic fall at another local post. In light of that incident, Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns and the American Institute of Architects are announcing that an urgent assessment of handicap accessibility at other veteran posts is underway.

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When downtown Buffalo was at its lowest, parking wasn't a problem. Now, with development and the Green Code not having mandatory parking requirements, the challenges are increasing.

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Stray cats in Erie County might get new homes faster under a local law adopted Thursday by the Erie County Legislature.

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The number of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia is rapidly increasing as baby boomers continue to age. Caretakers are often impacted just as much as those who suffer from the terminal disease. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with volunteers at the Alzheimer’s Association about the difficulties they’ve encountered combating the disease.

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The Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park is home to numerous monuments which honor the men and women who served and died in various conflucts throughout the nation's history. Ground was broken at the park Thursday morning for a future memorial which will remember those who died from a different battle: depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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State Assemblymember Sean Ryan, joined by several local community and religious leaders, delivered a public rebuke Thursday of businessman and former political candidate Carl Paladino. At issue is an email he distributed, an email Ryan and others say amounts to hate speech.

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Tops Markets has announced plans to close its store at 1770 Broadway, near Bailey Avenue, in Buffalo.

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The Buffalo Zoo is mourning the death of a giraffe who was born at the zoo more than two decades ago and lived there her entire life.

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The emergency declaration by President Trump to reallocate billions of dollars budgeted for other purposes to fund a border wall with Mexico could have an effect on Western New York. The U.S. Department of Defense has issued a document identifying hundreds of military construction projects subject to cancellation to free up resources to help pay for the wall. WBFO's Howard Riedel talked about the matter with Rep.

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Down Syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21, is a genetic condition where you have three copies of your twenty-first chromosome. That's why today, 3/21, is World Down Syndrome Day. WBFO's Nick Lippa spoke with Matt Lasher, co-founder of 21_Connect-- a non-profit based in Buffalo focused on educating the community about individuals with down syndrome. He shares how his experiences with his son have changed him for the better.

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Approximately 400,000 New Yorkers are currently living with Alzheimer’s, a terminal disease that destroys memory and other mental functions. Despite the high number, many who report they experience memory loss are not talking with their health care provider about it. The Alzheimer’s association wants to change that by launching a public awareness campaign like you’ve seen for cancer or smoking. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spent a day in Albany with their Western New York chapter as they asked politicians to financially support this campaign as part of the upcoming budget.

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The Buffalo Museum of Science will be marking its 90th anniversary this year by restoring a key section of its historic building overlooking the Kensington Expressway. 

Savvy Over 60: Kathleen Garvey

Mar 20, 2019

Kathleen Garvey, 67, has reinvented herself several times. She began her career as a registered nurse, then taught nursing in Houston and at D'Youville College in Buffalo. At the end of the Vietnam War, she used those nursing skills in the U.S. Army Reserves, then on active duty and again in the reserves, eventually obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. However, after two decades of military service, it was time to reinvent herself again. Garvey graduated law school and worked on Medicare appeals and the Erie County Medical Malpractice Reform Model. Most recently, she began her own elder law practice, but continues to volunteer with veteran organizations.

Savvy Over 60: Patti Jones

Mar 20, 2019

Patti Jones has considered herself a typical female since she was a very young boy named Peter. She earned her degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, joined the family machine and tool design company, taught skiing and snowboarding, raced sailboats, was "happily married to a wonderful woman" for 24 years and had a daughter. It was at the age of 50 - in 2004 - she formally transitioned and has since been dedicated to Western New York's LGBTQ communities as an activist and mentor. Jones shared her journey with WBFO.

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Erie County and Niagara County both moved up one notch in the latest County Health Rankings.

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The legalization of recreational marijuana is up in the air in Albany. Advocates and opponents in the state legislature are running out of time to hash out a deal before the March 31st budget deadline. But as WBFO's Chris Caya reports - plans for building a high-tech cannabis campus on the Buffalo waterfront are still moving forward.


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A new initiative is underway to help reduce poverty in the city of Buffalo. The state is providing $1.4 million to launch THRIVE Buffalo.

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It was 100 years ago when George Rand, then the President of Buffalo's Marine Midland Bank, got the ball rolling in creating a foundation to help fund efforts to improve the lives of those living in the region. The result today is the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. Its current President and CEO is Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, who visited our WBFO studios to outline the Change Maker Awards.

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Once again, leaders of local religious communities turned out en masse to lament a mass slaughter. On Sunday, it was at the Islamic Center in Getzville following last week's mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques.

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The drums rolled out, the Irish dancers danced and there were even a couple St. Patricks. What was different was that every uniformed Buffalo Police officer providing security for the parade wore a body camera, a first for a department gradually converting to all patrol officers wearing the cameras.

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St. Patrick's Day traditions are playing out this weekend.

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The State Legislature held a hearing in Buffalo Friday where lawmakers heard public input on public transit issues. State Senator Tim Kennedy is chair of the Senate's Transportation Committee. He tells WBFO News the state has failed to provide adequate funding to effectively operate public transportation systems across New York. He says mass transit is simply not reliable.
 

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Buffalo Firefighter Eric Whitehead is continuing to recover from third degree burns he suffered while battling a house fire in January. But he’s focusing on the future and getting back to work.


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Dozens of students from schools throughout Western New York gathered in Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo, beginning during the noon to stage what is being called a Climate Strike, a nationwide movement by students who are urging leaders to take the steps to sustain a healthy environmental future.

Hours after the deadly shootings of nearly 50 Muslim men, women and children at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, leaders in Western New York's Muslim community were addressing the tragedy and vowing to do their part to ensure safety at places of worship locally.

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